Open call outcomes announced for the Arts & Culture Trust Nyoloha Scholarship Programme, proudly supported by Nedbank, Sun City and Sun International.


The opportunity to win a fully paid scholarship to study at a South African arts institution of choice created waves of excitement amongst matriculants, school leavers and budding young arts practitioners when the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Nyoloha Scholarship Programme (NSP), a partnership between ACT, Nedbank Arts Affinity and sponsor Sun International was announced at the end of April 2022.


A total of 89 applications were received from candidates across South Africa with  the provincial participation dominated by Gauteng at 34,8%, followed by Eastern Cape at 17,98%, then Western Cape at 14,6% with Kwa-Zulu Natal accounting for  14,61%. The remaining provinces followed with North West at 5,62%, Free State at 4,49%, Mpumalanga at 3, 37%, Limpopo at 3,37% and lastly Northern Cape 1,1%.


In Sesotho, Nyoloha means ‘rise’ and the ACT NSP is part of the new ACT strategy to educate, uplift and empower those wishing to make a career in the arts and culture sector. “The ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme, after two years of Covid uncertainty, has filled the ACT team with renewed joy and pride in the immense talent and drive of exceptional youth all over South Africa. The audition process has revealed a hunger and drive from our applicants in vying for a spot on the three-month long training programme with exceptional professional mentors,” says ACT Interim CEO, Jessica Denyschen, who added; “Historically the Scholarship Programme used to only cater for coaching the 15 finalists and the final gala presentation and exhibition where the winners were announced, this year we are delighted to announce that we are able to mentor up to 60 youths in addition to the finals week coaching and gala event. We remain grateful to our partners for investing in the youth and arts of South Africa.”


The Nyoloha Programme embraces the disciplines of virtual arts, dance, music and theatre.  The bulk of the applicants are from the theatre sector. Held virtually, the audition phase was recently completed. Students who qualify for the Nyoloha Programme will be notified early in July.

The programme  gets underway with bi-weekly training commencing on the 9th of July 2022 and running until mid-September 2022. All the artists who pass the audition round will receive the full 3 months of professional training and mentorship. Artists will be rated by their mentors on a monthly basis and those performing the best over this three month period will qualify for one of the 12 finalist spots. An additional three wild cards will be selected at the end of the training in an effort to identify talent that grew over the training period.


The finals week will be held on the 8th of October 2022 when the winner of the main prize, a fully paid scholarship to study at an arts institution of their choice in South Africa, will be announced.


‘The goal of the ACT Nyoloha scholarship programme is to graduate global citizens in the Arts who not only excel in their artform but who are well prepared for the world of work, which includes self-development, people management, entrepreneurship, marketing and communication skills, to ensure they enjoy a successful and sustainable career,’ says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank. ‘Professional training and mentorship is essential for this, and that’s why we’ve extended this part of the programme to approximately 60 young people, including the finalists. We wish all the applicants the best of luck.’


‘As a key sponsor and founding member of ACT, Sun International is delighted to contribute to their worthy initiative by hosting the final week of the Nyoloha programme and the gala announcement at Sun City. An important pillar of the group’s broader socio-economic development commitment is to uplift youth through education, and we believe that the Nyoloha Programme achieves this. Sun International is a founding member of ACT, and we sponsor their projects on an annual basis. We fully support the growth and development of South Africans through ACTs various programmes and initiatives,’ adds Heidi Edson, Group Socioeconomic Development (SED) Specialist at Sun International.


ACT, together with long-term partner Nedbank and returning partner Sun International, strongly believes in helping to build a better, more educated, more sustainable arts industry in South Africa. The ACT NSP rewards commitment, excellence and growth potential. In addition to the scholarships, it also offers research grants and the creation of an alumni network. #ACTnyoloha  #actstrat #ACTSAtalent #NedbankArtsAffinity




Over 28 years of arts support

The ACT is South Africa’s premier independent arts development and investment organisation. ACT’s main focus is to increase the capacity for arts and culture initiatives to create sustainable futures, through development and investment in innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured development programmes, ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information, please visit the ACT website, follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page.



In partnership with the ACT, the Nedbank Arts Affinity has donated more than R26 million to support over 830 arts, culture and heritage development projects countrywide. If you want to make a difference to the lives of talented young artists in South Africa, simply link your Nedbank Greenbacks to the Arts Affinity and Nedbank will donate money to ACT, at no cost to you. The Arts Affinity currently supports the ACT Thuthukisani Programme and the ACT Tlholo Project. For more information, download the Nedbank Money app, visit any Nedbank branch, call us on 0860 555 111 or visit



Sun City resort in North West Province is world famous for its hotels, golf courses, casino and wide choice of leisure and entertainment facilities. The resort is as popular today as it was when it first opened in December 1979, and it remains the flagship for the premium Sun International hospitality group.


Accommodation includes the iconic 334-room Palace of The Lost City, the 241-room five-star Cascades Hotel, the 380-room Cabanas Hotel and the Bush Bungalows with 14 chalets. The 340-room four-star Sun City Hotel is the first choice for people who enjoy the casino and other nightlife activities, while the Sun Vacation Club is now a leading timeshare model in the country.


Leisure activities include the Lost City and the Gary Player 18-hole golf courses, home to the premier Nedbank Golf Challenge, swimming pools at every hotel, The Royal Baths, Valley of Waves, Waterworld Lake, Maze of the Lost City, a zip slide, Segway tours, the Segaetsho Cultural Village, tennis courts and the neighbouring Pilanesberg National Park.


The property also offers modern, fully equipped conferencing, banqueting and eventing facilities, an entertainment Welcome Centre, a multi-purpose arena and a wide and varied range of restaurants, bars and fast-food eateries.


About Sun International

The Sun International brand has a proud legacy in the gaming, hospitality, conferencing, leisure and entertainment sectors.


Sun International’s iconic properties, such as the world-famous Palace of The Lost City Hotel at Sun City and the magnificent Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town – situated on the water’s edge of the V&A Waterfront – have become synonymous with luxury, comfort and outstanding service, firmly establishing the group’s position as an internationally recognised premium brand.


Sun International’s diverse South African property portfolio includes 15 hotels, two premier resorts and 11 well-located casinos – all of which offer modern, fully equipped conferencing and banqueting facilities, while the Sun Vacation Club at Sun City is now a leading timeshare model in the country.


The group is also the local industry leader in online gaming. Thanks to the latest global technology, betting through its SunBet platform, Sun International also offers the most innovative and exciting online betting experience available.


The group has also set the standard for hosting events, and their world class Arenas remain the preferred venues for international events and shows. The three championship golf courses at the Sun City and Wild Coast Sun resorts regularly host large-scale golfing tournaments, including the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, which is now part of the European Tour.


Whatever the activity, all Sun International’s properties and facilities offer a quality experience supported by authentic personal service. MVG guests are rewarded with exclusive offers and preferential rates through the Most Valued Guest loyalty programme, designed exclusively for Sun International gaming patrons.


In February 2021, Sun International joined Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands and operator of an award-winning, multi-brand loyalty programme called ‘Discovery’. Through GHA, Sun International can now participate in a network with 17 million members that operate in 85 countries.


Sustainability and community involvement form an integral part of the Group’s corporate culture. Through collaborative partnerships with government and local business, Sun International’s SED and environmental initiatives ensure scarce environmental resources are never wasted; and the group is committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to vulnerable communities throughout South Africa.


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a comprehensive Covid-19 Policy and Health plan was implemented across all business units to safeguard the safety of guests, staff and concessionaires. In November 2020, Sun International received an award from The Institute of Risk Management South Africa, in recognition of the extensive and world-standard Covid-19 controls introduced across all of our hotel and casino properties. Sun International is also a recipient of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s global Safe Travels Stamp of approval.